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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. I blog at WIM. My Twitter handle is @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

6 January 2015

Shock Over Former Minister's Death – and How Trinidad & Tobago's Media Reported It

Former Minister of National Security Martin's Joseph's drowning was tragic enough; the insensitivity of the media added insult to injury. Netizens hope for more humane reporting in 2015.

5 January 2015

Jamaica Loses a Visionary With the Passing of Artist Peter Dean Rickards

One Twitter user, mourning the artist's death, remembered him saying, "I just wanna cause enough shit to be a good bar story for a hundred years or so." Mission accomplished.

Corruption, Climate Change and Chik-V Stole Headlines in the Caribbean in 2014

A mass outbreak of the Chikungunya virus and an environmental activist's hunger strike along with several good news stories were the talk of the Caribbean's blogosphere in 2014.

30 December 2014

Can Trinidad & Tobago's Government Win Political Goodwill from Christmas?

As Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar traveled the country for her "Holiday Toy Drive", some netizens were concerned about her spending in light of a precarious economic future.

15 December 2014

A First Glimpse of Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago

If you've never experienced a Caribbean Christmas - or even if you have - this peek into how Trinidad and Tobago celebrates will get you into the Christmas spirit!

10 December 2014

Slain Photojournalist Luke Somers’ Deep Connection to Jamaica

Luke Somers, the photojournalist who was murdered by al-Qaeda in Yemen, was known and loved the world over. One Jamaican reading centre, for whom he volunteered, remembers his life.

4 December 2014

A Little Library That's Making a Big Difference in Grenada

The unassuming Mt. Zion library in the heart of St. George's is having a positive impact on the lives and literacy of young people in Grenada.

2 December 2014

Historic Church Building Razed in Trinidad & Tobago Is ‘Still Worth Saving’

"no understanding of culture and history... no joy and awe for the hand made building and the sweat and tears of our ancestors..."

17 November 2014

Jamaican Sexism Flexes Its Muscles as Gender Gaffes Stir Public Outrage

Most recently, the misogynistic ideas of some of Jamaica's leading men, in both the public and private sectors, has entered the public spotlight.

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